13 Jul How To Change Your World
Lots of people want to change the world. So many think it is an out of reach Herculean ambition, some even think it is prideful ambition.
The desire to change the world and make it better is a laudable interest, but like we all must have read or heard sometime,“Change begins with you.”
As a dreamer myself, I have come to learn that the degree to which I can influence others is dependent on my desire and pursuit of personal growth. I can only affect people positively if I have the right attitude. I can only give what I have.
How My Phone Soured My Attitude
Just yesterday, my ability to control how things affect me was truly tested. My elbow knocked my work phone off the dinning table as I tried to settle in the chair. It fell facedown so hard that I thought the screen protector must have broken. When I picked it up and saw that it had not, I sighed my “thank you Lord” and proceeded to see if I had new emails or updates to my schedule. The phone remained unchanged as I pushed the home button.
I pushed on the power button and saw flashes of green on the screen; my heart raced… I plugged it in and hoped for change to no avail. I tried a hard start, but nothing happened.
My entire countenance dropped. I mean, like, from a ten to a one.
I called my husband in from the yard to help me get the battery out, he came in just as pried the back cover open and I told him I got it.
He tried to find out what happened, how it happened, and when it happened, plus several other questions. I handed him my monosyllable curt responses and wished he would leave me alone. My attitude had turned sour…
He had mentioned that we could take the phone for a check, so after I had tried all the trouble shooting I knew, I got an address from google and took the car keys and his wallet to him back in the yard and walked out towards the front to the car.
We arrived only to find out the shop was not open. Google had said they were open until midnight and I forgot to take the pandemic into account.
We wasted gas, time and I disturbed my husband’s time in the garden… all because I allowed a situation to get a hold of me.
A Change of Perspective
On our way home, I was tired; physically, mentally and emotionally. That short bout of sour attitude had drained energy from me. But suddenly, my spirit was jolted and I said, “I will not allow this phone matter to upset me.”
My husband said an amen. I walked into our house different from when I walked out. When I voiced that decision, I felt a weight leave my shoulder.
My countenance was back at a ten. I was nice to my husband, and my children were relieved to see me back.
You see, I thought so many things on our way home that changed my perspective and my attitude.
- It is just a phone, I mean, a phone is a thing that can be repaired or replaced.
- My life or any other was not at stake here.
- My sour attitude is not helping a thing. It is rather affecting the mood in my home.
If A Man Is Right, His World Will Be Right
I remember the story my husband often told, a story he read from a book; Success Through Mental Positive Attitude, by Napoleon Hill and Clement Stone.
The story is of a minister who was trying to prepare his sermon but was often interrupted by his restless and bored son who had nothing to do.
Finally, in desperation, the minister picked up an old magazine and found a large brightly coloured picture on a page. It showed the picture of a map of the world. He tore it into little bits, and he threw the bits all over the living room floor and told his son, Johnny, that if he could get the picture together he would give him a quarter. The preacher thought this would take his son all morning and allow him the time he needed to prepare his sermon.
Within ten minutes the boy knocked on his dad’s study door and showed him the completed puzzle. The preacher was surprised and asked, “Son, how did you get that done so fast?”
“Oh,” said Johnny, “It was easy. On the other side, there was a picture of a man. I just put a piece of paper on the bottom, put the picture of the man together, put a piece of paper on top, and then turned it over. I figured that if I got the man right, the world would be right.”
The minister smiled and handed his son a quarter.
“And you’ve given me my sermon for tomorrow, too,” he said. “If a man is right, his world will be right.”
Change Begins With Me
My family is my immediate circle of influence and if I must make any positive impact or change in my family, it must begin in and with me. I can only give what I have.
If you are like me and you desire to change the world. The best place to start is with yourself.
Seek to change your heart, perspective, character and attitude. Only a person with a strong character and right perspective of, and towards life, can make a meaningful, honourable and lasting impact on others and the world.
Do you desire to change your world?
Are you building character?
Are you learning and growing?
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